Pennsylvania - State Models and Supports: Model Policy, Resources, Supports

Area: 
Model Policies, Resources, And Supports
Policy Type: 
Statute
Summary: 

State law requires state agencies to develop models and guidance to promote parent and family engagement.

Pennsylvania Unconsolidated Statutes 2005 Act 55 Section 116 Technical Assistance and Information Provided by the Department of Education

(a) A school district or school identified for warning, school improvement or corrective action shall be eligible for technical assistance from the Department of Education.

(b) Within ten (10) days of a request from the board of school directors of an eligible school district, the Department of Education shall provide technical assistance to the school district or any school within the school district identified for warning, school improvement or corrective action. Such technical assistance shall include, but shall not be limited to:

  • (1) Assistance to analyze data from the Pennsylvania System of School Assessment test or any other test established by the State Board of Education for the purpose of assessing student progress toward or attainment of an academic performance target.
  • (2) Assistance to identify and implement professional development and instructional strategies and methods to improve the academic performance of students in subject areas for which an academic performance target has been established and has not been met.
  • (3) Assistance to analyze the school district’s budget or parts thereof to enable the school district to more effectively allocate its resources.
  • (4) Identification, training and assignment of educational advisors to schools eligible for school improvement or corrective action.
  • (5) Identification and implementation of professional development and instructional strategies and methods to improve the academic performance of students who are classified as students with disabilities, as limited English proficient students or as students who have been enrolled in a school district for less than two (2) school years.

(c) The Department of Education shall establish a clearinghouse of information related to specific strategies for improving the academic performance of students in eligible school districts. Such clearinghouse shall include best practices, methods and instructional strategies based on scientific research, including, but not limited to:

  • (1) Parental involvement programs and policies.
  • (2) Classroom instructional strategies.
  • (3) Curriculum redesign.
  • (4) School safety.
  • (5) Tutoring programs.
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